Tread Carefully: The Importance of Tyre Care

Picture this scenario: you’re driving up the M1 – on your own – and your tyre suddenly loses pressure, your phone has died, and you have to pull over on the hard shoulder.

With your car not being able to continue, it’s on your shoulders to change your vehicle’s tyre; can you do it? Do you know where the jackhammer is? Has your car even got a spare tyre?

Stranded, on the hard shoulder, no AA to the rescue or fellow passengers to solve the issue – what a nightmare.


A recent study in the UK, conducted by Leasing Options, found that 55% of drivers could not change a tyre – more alarming when this percentage was at 76% for 18 to 25-year-olds. Oblivious to the dangers, and arguably a case for not being road safe; in fact, definitely not road safe.

Further research carried out by CAP Automotive discovered more concerning statistics – 37% of people in a 1000-person study believed the braking distance was nine metres when travelling at 30mph when in fact it’s over double that at 23 metres.

To add further insult to injury, the AA stated in 2016 they were called out to change over 800 tyres on a daily basis, making their annual tyre change on British roads around 300,000 – the second-highest reason for the AA to be called out for help. Considering cars on British roads are increasing at a rate of 600,000 per year, the number of tyre changes has now taken the top spot for rescue callouts:

“The AA said the number of tyre-related callouts had steadily been rising and is currently the top reason for a call-out – usurping battery faults at the top of the charts.” — Auto Express

Perhaps the combination of both lack of awareness from drivers on how to change a tyre, with the fact the AA estimates that over half of new vehicles on the road are not fitted with a spare tyre, all adds up as to why there is such a high demand for tyres to be changed on British roads.

It’s not just the lack of awareness on how to change the tyre, but also the regularity at which British drivers use cars with underinflated tyres; according to £600 million a year is spent on fuel because vehicles tyres are at the wrong pressure.

There seems to be a degree of ignorance on the road, and level of laziness amongst drivers when it comes to changing their car’s tyre:

“Research from Kwik Fit says that 3.6 million motorists wait for a MOT failure before changing their tyres.” — Motorwise

Spending copious amounts of money on fuel because of underinflated tyres is one thing, but the danger to both drivers and passengers is another.

In a recent study, Continental highlighted that Government stats said there were 1,810 deaths reported on the UK roads whilst 23,350 people were seriously injured. A big part of this pointed to the fact that 56.8% of car tyres in the UK are at least 4psi below the recommended pressures; dangerous, and the reason for increased casualties on British roads.

If drivers pay more attention to their tyre pressure and become more aware of how to change a tyre the roads will be a cheaper and safer place.

The likes of General Tire continue to lead the way on making the roads safer by increasing drivers’ awareness on the importance on road safe tyres; but, in the meantime, and more importantly, check your tyre pressure and learn the steps on how to change your wheel.

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